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Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

Dear Friends and Family,

This has been a very, very busy time for us.  For the past 2 years, since Covid hit, the guest house has been pretty quiet with just a couple of people coming through here and there.  In the past month with teams coming through the guest house and through the church we have had over 60 visitors.  I can honestly say that at moments I was so busy that I forgot what day it was.  I know some people just say that to make a point but it really happened to me.  I had my kids and the visiting kids all in my apartment after having had a sleep over in my living room.  By 6am I was outside where team members who were about to fly back to the states were being tested for Covid.  This is required by Uganda to get into the airport,  I had just finished getting breakfast for everyone on the table when the guard called me to come outside.  He told me someone was at the gate for Bible study.  I told him, no, Bible study is on Wednesday.  He said very matter of factly, “Today is Wednesday”.  Wow, I have never moved so fast.  I was pulling kids off the couches and having someone sweep, another boil water while I quickly set things up for Bible study.  Thankfully, only 2 ladies experienced the mad rush taking place.  I am also thankful for what we call “Uganda time” because most ladies showed up 15+ minutes late.  This is just a small illustration how busy its been.

Despite the busyness we have absolutely loved having people come though once again.  We are always blessed personally by teams but also by the ministry they do while they are here and seeing them love on the people we have been called to minister to.  We had a team from Calvary Chapel Westgrove come through that was helping a local pastor plant a church about 5 hours outside Kampala.  When they first arrived they asked us if we could give a cultural debrief to the team. Before we began, since they were 20 people who didn’t know each other well before this trip, we had them share about themselves and what their preconceived ideas were of what this missions trip would be like.   I shared with them the largest cultural and spiritual differences and what they could expect as they shared the gospel to people here.  Brian shared about Ugandan culture. Sasha, one of the Russians who has been staying with us shared his experience of being a foreigner doing ministry in Uganda.  Then we had someone who works with youth share about the challenges and joys of reaching out and sharing Christ with the youth of Uganda. 

When the Calvary Chapel Westgrove team came back from their church planting mission they had 2 days to do ministry with Arise Christian fellowship before leaving.  Since our church was born out of evangelism to the mark and slums near by, we decided to have them do some outreaches culminating with a mini crusade at the church.  The team was divided into 3 evangelistic groups, one for the market place, one for the slums and one to reach out specifically to youth.  The night before the evangelistic outreaches we had an evening of evangelism training at the church, both for the team and for the the church members.  We had a teaching, a question and answer time as well as some role playing.  The next day we paired the mission team members with church members who were familiar with ministering to each of the groups.  It was truly amazing.  The openness of the people here to the gospel and their receptiveness of foreigners is such a blessing.  Both in the market and visiting homes in the slums drew crowds and about 30 people wanted to know Jesus personally.  Everyone was invited back to the church in the evening but I would say maybe only half of those who expressed interest showed up which is still a great amount to disciple for the kingdom of God.

One of the most amazing evangelistic opportunities the team had was actually on their way back from the village to Kampala.  It was raining and there was and accident on the main road.  They were detoured onto a dirt road through what appeared to be the middle of nowhere.  Their bus slid off the road and they got out to wait for help.  It turned out they were very near a small village and they were invited to wait there.  Most of the people in that village had never seen white people up close.  One of the pastors on the team shared the gospel and 40 people got saved and asked if they could send a local pastor to come and keep teaching them.  It is so true that man makes his own plans but God is directing our steps.  God directed them to this village that was so ready to receive Him. 

This newsletter could go on for many more pages if I wrote of everything that has been happening all at this one time.  Praise God for all He is doing!

Thank you for praying for our family and for the people of Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

Prayer Requests

  • We thank the Lord for everyone who supports us and the ministry in Uganda.
  • We are thankful for the many people who come through Uganda and South Sudan each year who desire to share the love of God with the people.
  • Please pray for many people who heard the Gospel from the mission team. Pray that they personally know the love of Christ and will continue in discipleship. Pray for the neighbors and family members who heard about Christ that they would come to know Him.
  • Pray for the village that heard the gospel and that a national pastor who speaks their language, would be sent to minister to them..
  • Pray for the Russians who have been staying with us and for the ministry they have been doing alongside us. Pray for their country.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope you all are enjoying the summer. In Uganda, while its hot or warm all year, December, January and February are our summer. This time of year is kind of a combination between spring and fall. It rains on and off and we have some cool days and some very warm days. While we are not in our summer, summer in the States and Europe bring many visitors to Uganda and through the Far Reaching Ministries Guest House. We are currently preparing for a couple very large teams as well as we are currently hosting a family from Russia, who have been very involved with ministry in our church.

Sasha, Sveta and Taya

Before the Teams begin pouring in, we, with the help of Sasha and Sveta, have been trying to take the time to really get to know the people in our church better. It has been a blessing to get to know where people live and how many people are in their family. Most of our church comes from a near by slum area. Visiting the people in their homes blesses them as well as opens the doors to witness to the many neighbors who all live very close together with them. We have actually seen some of these neighbors come to church. Visiting the church members at home also opens our eyes to what true needs they may have. Living in a developing country like Uganda the needs can seem overwhelming, we obviously can’t meet all of them and that is not what we are here for. While personally ministering to people, as we share the gospel verbally we can also give some help to meet some pressing physical needs such as food or medical care. Sasha and Sveta have shared with us how these home visits have blessed them as much as the people who have been visited have been blessed. I believe as word has gotten round that home visits were taking place we were also specifically invited homes to visit families, meet new babies and to share a meal with some of our church members.

At the FRM guesthouse we have quite a few nationals who serve along side us. When we started home visits at church we also had some visits to the staff of FRM.  Some of the staff we have visited in the past but for some it was the first time.  It is quite interesting because we live at the guesthouse and see these people almost everyday so it seems that they are part of our family and home. In reality they actually go home to their own homes and families.  Most of those who work at the guesthouse also attend Arise Christian Fellowship but through the visits we learned more about their personal ministries outside of work and church.

This month at the church we were able to dedicate 2 of the babies from the families visited. During the dedication we shared with the parents that the dedication is really more for them than the baby.  It is their public commitment to raising their child in the ways of the Lord.  At each of the dedications the church also committed to coming along side the families and children to help them in their pursuit and service of the Lord.

As well as visiting families, this month we were invited to come to Calvary Chapel Entebbe and share with the Sunday service there.  Brian taught the service and Sahsa greeted the church in Russian and played a song of worship in Russian for them.  The church has recently taken on a new pastor so it was good to meet him and to encourage him in the ministry.  We are good friends with the founding pastor of the church and Brian is on the Board so we have been involved with the church for many years. We look forward to seeing what the Lord is going to do for their church in this new season.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee and Liana

Happy Fathers Day

Prayer Requests

  • We thank the Lord for everyone who supports us and the ministry in Uganda.
  • We are thankful for the many people who come through Uganda and South Sudan each year who desire to share the love of God with the people.
  • Please pray for the families that have been visited. Pray that they personally know the love of Christ and have been encouraged in their faith. Pray for the neighbors and family members who heard about Christ that they would come to know Him.
  • Pray for the babies who are being born in the church, for their parents to raise them with a strong faith.
  • Pray for the Russians who have been staying with us and for the ministry they have been doing alongside us. Pray for their country.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support tea

 

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But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Dear Friends and Family,

I pray that you had a wonderful Resurrection season and a Happy Mother’s Day! Our time of celebrating Christ’s resurrection was both busy and fruitful. While I know it is our responsibility to share the love of Christ everyday, this time of year really brings it into focus and keeps it ever on my mind.

We began the Passion week with showing the Passion of the Christ at church on a Saturday evening after youth group. It was quite the interesting experience. As you probably know the movie is in the original language with English subtitles. The copy that the church media acquired was dubbed into Luganda. When it first started I couldn’t figure out what was happening and you could hear some joyful murmurs in the church. Brian then told me about the dubbing. This was actually good since many of the church members do not speak very good English and definitely don’t speak Aramaic. Another interesting fact about the dubbing was that there were times where maybe only a couple words were subtitled but there was much talking. Brian said that the Uganda translator would take time to explain what was happening biblically and give little messages. I don’t speak Luganda but it really seemed to help people to understand the movie.

I wanted my kids to really pay attention even though some of the scenes were difficult to watch. We talked about it afterwards and they brought it up for many days. One time Liana was telling me something and I said I didn’t remember it from the movie and she said that it was probably when I was too busy weeping. I guess it really affected all of us.

After the film the youth leader shared a little with the people about what they had watched and then Brian shared and he and another pastor, prayed for everyone who wanted to get saved or repent from their sin. During the week the youth pastor called and asked if we could show it again the next Saturday as there were still many people asking to see it. We showed it again with an even bigger turn out.

In Uganda the Covid numbers have been almost nothing. The government has relaxed a lot of the restrictions, especially if you are vaccinated. This was a blessing for the Easter season because it allowed us to add more chairs to the sanctuary. Palm Sunday was our first Sunday back to full capacity. It was definitely needed as we had to give the room we had been using as a second overflow room back to the Sunday school since the children have returned to church. Palm Sunday was packed and we had a beautiful service ushering us into the Passion week. On Good Friday we had an evening service with communion and afterglow. The message of course was on the crucifixion and why it had to happen. After having just watched the Passion it was very vivid in may people’s minds as we took time to reflect, and repent before communion. Laylee and Liana took communion for the first time. As Brian led them in the meaning of each element and prayed with them I couldn’t but help tear up once again. On the Saturday after, we delivered chickens and food stuffs to those in our church and community who would have gone without or with very little for Easter. We are thankful to those who gave to make it possible.

We ended up having two resurrection services at the church. We had one on the Sunday that most people celebrate and we had another on the Sunday the Russians and Eastern Orthodox celebrate. The Russian pastor, Sasha, who has been staying with us, shared on that Sunday. He shared about where he comes from, about Christianity in Russia as well as the gospel message. Both Sundays were days of rejoicing that Christ is risen. Luke played the piano for all the services. In Sunday school they had a special Easter service for the children and Liana was able to help the teacher as well as share some candy with all the other kids. The church was encouraged and were blessed with the resurrection messages and to find out more about Sasha and Russia, especially with all that’s been on the news lately about Russia.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,
Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • We thank the Lord for everyone who supports us and the ministry in Uganda.
  • We are thankful for being able to share the Passion movie in Luganda and for the people who have chosen to follow Christ. We pray for the discipleship and growth of the Christians at Arise.
  • Please pray for the people who attended any of our services for the passion week. Pray especially for those who came only because it was a holiday, that they would come back.
  • Pray for the Sunday School at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for teachers and for all the children who come.
  • Pray for the Russians who have been staying with us and for the ministry they have been doing alongside us. Pray for their country.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
 
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And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:9-10

Dear Friends and Family,

Christ Is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

Soon we will be celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I pray that you are blessed, that your faith is strengthened and your hope refreshed as you reflect on what Jesus has done for us and the future He has prepared for us.  I look forward to sharing next month all that He has done through out this season as we have many things planned to let people know of Christ’s love for them.

This past month has been a very busy and fun time of visitors.  During the severe covid times we had absolutely no visitors.  This made for a very lonely guesthouse.  As things began to open up we were thankful when visitors started to return.  This past month we had our first big team come through.  They came through to help some fellow missionaries build a house about 3 hours from where we live.  We knew most of the team from their previous mission trips to Uganda and Sudan.  They were able to spend a couple of days on either side of their construction mission to do ministry with us at Arise Christian fellowship.  The team was from Old Paths Chapel in New York.  They commented how whenever they pull up to the gates of the guesthouse they feel like they are coming home.  For us whenever they come it is like having family come to visit. 

It is amazing how the family of Christ fits together no matter where you’re from or how long you’ve known each other, you are family.  While they were visiting, Pastor Harley was able to teach at the church.  He taught on the Women at the Well and how Jesus finds us and meets us where we are.  We can bring anything to Him because He already knows and wants to help or forgive.  We also had a BBQ and a time of prayer and worship at our house after church for the team and other visitors we had staying with us, along with some of the ministry team.  It was very beautiful.  We were many nationalities present and again it was like a big family sharing and fellowshipping together.  

While Pastor Harley was teaching many of the other team members went to help out with our newly reopened Sunday School.  Since March 2020 there has been no Sunday school.  The president did not let churches reopen Sunday school till recently when all the students were allowed to go back to school.  Before covid we often had more than 100 children present for Sunday school.  As we reopen, pray for God to call and raise up more teachers.  We were very thankful to have the team there to help out for the reopening.  The team saw there was a need for the older children who were new to the church to have their own Bibles.  We were blessed that they took a collection amongst themselves and bought them Bibles along with some extra Bibles for the children who are yet to come.  Weekly we are seeing more and more children flood in.  Most of the children come from a nearby slums.  We try to provide them with a snack during Sunday school and a bigger bite and drink afterwards before they go home.  We are thankful for a generous provider from my home church who helps with this ministry.

Another event that took place this past month was the Board Lords Chess tournament.  Luke and Laylee have been taking chess lessons for quite awhile.  Liana had just began 2 weeks before the tournament.  The host of the tournament was a Christian and the day was very evangelistic.  Since Brian is a pastor, they had Brian share and pray during the award ceremony.  Both Brian and I had the privilege to be part of the award ceremony, presenting the winners with their awards.  If you have ever seen the movie Queen of Katwe, the kids’ teacher, Christine, is in the movie and helped the real life Phiona.  The chess program the kids belong to is called Dove Chess Academy.  It provides lessons at schools, for homeschoolers and they reach out to children in the slums or from troubled homes, just like in the movie.  We are blessed that our kids are able to be part of it.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

Prayer Requests

  • We thank the Lord for everyone who comes through the FRM guesthouse to minister in Uganda and Sudan.
  • We are thankful for the many partners who make the ministry here possible
  • Please pray for the lives that were touched through the New York team and for the team members as they return to the States.
  • Pray for the Sunday School at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for teachers and for all the children who come.
  • Pray for The Dove Chess Academy. Pray for the ministry they have to children all over Uganda from various backgrounds and faiths. Pray for them to be a witness of Christ.
  • Pray for all the activities, outreaches and services we have planned for the Passion Week.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Dear Friends and Family,

This year, so far it seems that there has been a continuing theme of prayer.  According to 1 Thessalonians 5 we are to “pray without ceasing”, so this theme should not be surprising.  Last month, I shared how we had started the year, after our bout of covid, with an afterglow and prayer service at church.  That service inspired the wife of our media director, Esther,  to take time to pray a step further.  While prayer is a part of every service and ministry we have at Arise Christian Fellowship, Esther thought we needed a day set apart specifically for prayer and fasting.  We have now started, on the first Saturday of the month, to have a day of prayer and fasting at the church.  Whoever is able gathers at the church at 2pm, following the worship teams’ practice.  The worship team members who are able to stay,  open the prayer time with some worship while individuals have a time of personal prayer, reflection and repentance.  After that there are organized times of prayer where the people pray for specific things such as the church, the country, world events, etc.  There is also time for the people to break into smaller groups and pray for one another for whatever prayer requests they might have. 

1 Thessalonians also says to “rejoice always” and to “give thanks in all circumstances”. Throughout the time of prayer there is also times of rejoicing and of people giving thanks. The times of thankfulness I believe are so encouraging for everyone who is there. First of all it points to the One who is able to answer our prayers as well as secondly, building faith in those who are petitioning the Lord for something specific. This time of prayer is helping people to learn to draw near to God and rely on Him. It has also been a good opportunity for the church to better get to know one another and to help each other through prayer. After the time of prayer is over, around 6pm, we break the fast together. This ends the day with food and fellowship. I believe those who come leave both spiritually and physically satisfied.As we launched the monthly day of prayer and fasting, it became evident that many people in the church have amazing testimonies to share. Testimonies are our own personal experiences with God. They can often reach and encourage people in a way that they couldn’t be reached before. This month we opened up time during the Sunday service for those who had a testimony they wanted to share so they could share it with the church. The first Sunday, our missionary to South Sudan, Ivan, and his wife were there. Last year, Ivan got married during the time of the strict Covid operating procedures. Only 20 people were allowed at the wedding. Now that the COVID restrictions are relaxed, Ivan wanted to come and share his testimony with the whole church of how he and his wife met and married. His testimony was very encouraging as many people in the church want to be married but feel like it will never happen or that they are getting old. Ivan is in his 40’s and shared how while there were ups and downs in is life as a single man it was as he focused on the Lord and served Him whole heartedly that he met his wife, who was also serving the Lord. This was exactly what many of the single people needed to hear.

Another testimony that was shared this month was that of Bright. Over the last 2 years he has gone through much. First he was in a terrible accident where he was hit by a car while riding a small motorbike. He almost died. After he recovered from the accident he was attacked and beaten almost to death. This was during a time when people were desperate for food and money after so many lockdowns. This beating landed him in the hospital for quite a long time. There was even a point where we were not sure if he’d be able to walk. Bright shared that during these near death incidents the Lord truly made His presence known and it also convicted him of his lifestyle. He loved the Lord and was coming to church but his “wife” was not really his wife. After he was well they shared the truth of their relationship and have taken the steps to make their marriage legal. This was also a needed testimony as many people in Uganda are “married”, meaning that it is in word only not legally. This has a lot to do with not being able to afford dowry or thinking that they need an extravagant wedding. We have taught and encouraged against these false marriages but Bright’s testimony was from personal experience and I pray will be received by those who need to hear it.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the people in Uganda.

In Him,

                          Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

Prayer Requests

  • We thank the Lord for how He is working amongst Arise Christian Fellowship .
  • Please pray that many people would come to our day of prayer and fasting. Pray that they would experience God answering and moving in their lives
  • Pray for all the people who have had Covid that they would be completely healed from the lingering symptoms.
  • Pray for Ivan and his wife as they continue to serve the Lord together and grow in their marriage.
  • Pray for Bright and his wife as they truly walk together in marriage now.
  • Pray for everyone who has heard the testimonies of Ivan and Bright that their faith will be strengthened.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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 “… And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Romans 12:12

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy New Year!!

This year the holidays began to feel a bit more like normal.  Last year, I remember Christmas was the children and I’s first Sunday back to church after the lengthy lockdown and the government forbidding children under 14 in church.  Even then we still had to meet outside, which was actually pretty nice.  This year we started the holidays in church and had fun decorating, preparing the Christmas performances and making the sanctuary festive.

The first of our holiday events was a women’s conference.  This was the first conference we have had since Covid first arrived.  It was so exciting.  We invited the ladies from the church, the ladies from my women’s Bible Study, and even some ladies from South Sudan signed up to come.  The theme of the conference was Thanksgiving.  We had 4 Sessions.  The first was Give Thanks, the second was Thankfulness in All Things, the third was Thankfulness is a Sacrifice, and the last was Thankfulness for Christ and the Body of Christ.  It was really a special time of fellowship.  Vicky Bentley taught along with myself and our worship leader, Evelyn. We had planned on 40 ladies and almost 60 came.  I saw ladies that I had not seen since before the pandemic. 

In the middle of the day we had break for tea and snacks.  This tea time lasted twice as long as what we had planned because the fellowship and catching up with one another was flowing so beautifully. I heard many stories of how the ladies had been affected by covid.  Some had had covid and recovered others were mourning the loss of loved ones.  All seemed to have had some financial strain due to the lockdowns.  After the conference one young lady who had been living in sin came to me in tears saying how the message on Thankfulness is a Sacrifice was so convicting and she did not want to continue in her sin.   I was able to counsel her and pray with her.  We ended the conference with worship and communion, focusing on all the Lord has done for us and how no matter what is happening or has happened we always have a reason to give thanks.

On Christmas Day we had a Christmas service at the Church. We sang Christmas carols and had a few special performances. Luke played the piano for a couple of carols. We are so proud of him and his commitment to practice and play for the Lord. Brian gave a Christmas message titled, The Meaning of Christmas. When I was growing up I thought everyone knew Christmas was celebrating the birth of Christ. As a missionary of many years now, I know that this is not the case. For many people in Sudan and Uganda hearing the meaning of Christmas is a surprise to them. Christmas is more associated with a time to eat nice food and get new clothes for the upcoming year. As a family we read through the book of Luke, one chapter everyday till Christmas so that by Christmas morning the children hopefully could understand the significance of why Jesus had to be born. I pray for the church members and all of those who came to church “just because that’s what you are supposed to do on Christmas”, that after Brian’s message they understand what the true meaning of Christmas is. After church we had fellowship and my kids had stocking filled with treats to hand out to everyone.

Every Christmas we try to reach out and help the most vulnerable in our communities.  This year we were able to deliver chickens and other necessities to 10 families in need.  As well as focusing on our community FRM was able to deliver a shipment of much needed medical supplies to the Nuba Mountains in South Sudan .  We are thankful also for the pilots from Mission Aviation Fellowship who delivered them for us. The medicines were received just before Christmas and were a very welcomed Christmas gift by the chaplains and the people they minister to there.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,                                                   

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • We rejoice and thank the Lord for the ability to meet together to celebrate the birth of or Savior. 
  • We also give thanks that there have been no more terror attacks in Uganda.
  • Pray for Arise Christian Fellowship as we meet and fellowship together.  Pray for all the people who have heard the messages on Thankfulness and the meaning of Christmas to take it to heart.
  • Pray for the many needs within the community, physical and spiritual.
  • Pray for Jill and the Kanyike children as the new school year is about to begin.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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The Kanyike Year in Review 2021

Dear Friends and Family,

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

We would like to thank all of you for blessing us through your prayer and support of our family and for the ministry in Uganda.  This year we have had many blessings like weddings, births and outreach despite the ongoing covid pandemic. As a  church we have mad e the most of the times we can meet together to pray, worship and fill ourselves with the teaching of God’s Word. The church has grown both in number and maturity. We look forward to this coming year to see what God has in store. You are in our thoughts and prayers as we enter this new year. God Bless You this holiday season as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

In Him, 

              Brian, Jill,  Luke, Laylee, and Liana

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“… in everything give thanks; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Thanksgiving!!

The last couple of years have been difficult for many of us. Whether it has been personal suffering or the trials that have come from the Covid epidemic, we have all been affected in some way.  One of the wonderful blessings of being a Christian is that no matter what we are going through is that we have hope.  That hope enables us to give thanks always no matter what we are going through.

Last month I shared our thankfulness that churches in Uganda are once again allowed to be open.  This month our thankful hearts are overflowing as the church has been brimming over with people seeking fellowship.  To better serve all those coming on Sunday mornings we were blessed with the provision to make some improvements to the church.  We added a small stage with extra lighting so the worship team and pastor could be better seen in the sanctuary, the overflow room and the live video broadcast.  We had added an overflow room after the first lock down but after we opened up this second time we quickly realized that even that was no longer enough space.  This past month we were able to turn the entry way into the Sunday school rooms into a second overflow room.  We are really praying that all those who have been coming will continue to do so and that they will grow in their relationship with the Lord and truly become part of the Arise ministry team.

Another thankful moment was when Rob Wargi, a missionary from South Sudan was down in Kampala and was able to share with the church.  We can not even remember, since the time of covid began when we were able to have a guest speaker.  That step towards normalcy, as well as his message, was a real encouragement to the church and to myself .  It was a full house and a storm came so Rob redeemed the time with a lengthy message and the worship team with much worship. The congregation responded happily and laughed and commented throughout to show their appreciation and their thankfulness.

It has not only been the people from our church that are excited for church to be back.  Many of the churches we help out are experiencing the same overflowing services that we have been. On Wednesdays Brian has been meeting  with a couple of local pastors who while being pastors have a desire for further discipleship.  In many cases in Uganda you will find pastors who have never gone to Bible College or had any type of biblical training besides what they have learned on their own. One of the pastors that Brian has been discipling, Nelson, had been meeting in a small store front.  During the lockdown they began meeting in a larger unfinished structure.  They were using a tarp for the roof.  Now that the rainy season has come we were blessed to be able to help them to acquire sheet metal to cover the roof and keep the growing congregation dry.

As I have been saying, we have so much to be thankful for.  We are very thankful for the many of you who pray for us and support the ministry.  I now as a very serious prayer request.  Recently we have had 2 terror attacks, 1 thwarted terror attack and as I write this one that is under investigation.  ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks saying that Uganda is a crusader state, persecuting Muslims.  The fact is Uganda has many Muslims but they support countries and host refugees from Muslim countries (including Afghanistan) that persecute their own people.  The attacks have all been around the outskirts of the city, targeting predominantly Ugandan restaurants and buses.  Please pray for the safety of the Ugandan people and for us as we minister to them.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • We rejoice and thank the Lord for answered prayers and for those he continues to answer.
  • Pray for Arise Christian Fellowship as we meet and fellowship together. Pray for all the changes and updates taking place to accommodate the growing church. Pray for the newcomers to feel at home and to begin to grow and for the regulars to go deeper and really make the most of being able to worship together.
  • Pray for Nelson and the other pastors who are ministering to people who have been longing for fellowship and seeking the Lord during lockdown.
  • Pray for safety and an end to the terror attacks taking place in Uganda. Pray for those who have lost someone and for those who have been injured.
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

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I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
—Philippians 3:14

Dear Friends and Family,

This past month has been a bit of the same old, same old as we continue in partial lockdown. I can’t believe we are still battling through Covid and as of now there seems to be no end in sight. As we went through the month other things began to pop up on the news, Afghanistan, Fires, Hurricanes, and the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks on 9/11. All of these have had us spending much time in prayer and look upwards with hope to Jesus’s soon return.

Every year as we approach the anniversary of 9/11 people ask, “Do you remember? Where were you?” For me I remember very clearly where I was and what I was doing. I was in the Sudanese Refugee Camp. Most of my team members were away but I had visitors from Kampala, Ken and Gigi Ames. Ken and Gigi were the fist people I met in Uganda after my team members. We stayed with them while we were setting up our ministry in the refugee camp and they were like family. They had come to visit but had left their 4 boys at home in Kampala.

Every year … people ask, “Do you remember? Where were you?”

We were sitting and vising on the porch when Gigi’s cell phone rang. One thing I must say here is that was an almost unheard of occurrence in the refuge camp in Uganda in 2001. It was Gigi’s younger son and although the connection was bad she thought he said something about America under attack. The connection dropped and she kinda laughed and said it was probably just his way of getting her attention to ask if they could go for ice cream or something. While we were still laughing and talking about how unusual it was for the phone to have rung it rang again. This time it was their oldest son and he said America was really under attack and they were watching it on the news. We had no power in the refugee camp let alone a tv. I remembered one of my team members, who wasn’t there at the time, had recently bought a satellite radio that could pick up BBC. I went into their house and found it and right when we were able to get tuned in we heard as they described the 2nd of the towers collapsing. We were in shock. Needless to say Ken and Gigi immediately left to get home to their sons. I was left wondering what would happen, would I be able to go home to the USA anytime soon or were they going to go to war? I also had a guilty feeling of being in the middle of nowhere in a country not really on the World’s radar at the time and pretty much everyone I loved and cared for were in the States facing uncertain dangers. Little did I know that with in a little over a months time I would be right in the center of my own “terrorist attack” but that’s a story for another time.

As we remembered 9/11, we also were glued to the news watching the events unfold in Afghanistan.  There are many missionaries both foreign and national that we know of there.  While we know that some of them were able to get out we do not know about others.  We have been praying continually for them.  We trust the Lord to be with His children wherever they are.  One person we know who has been taking the happenings of Afghanistan personally is our security guard Jacob.  A couple of years ago Jacob had asked to be allowed to leave his position so he could go serve in Afghanistan. He only returned to Uganda in January. We were blessed to welcome him back as a guard and pleased with the knowledge and experience he had gained while serving there.  During this time he is both relieved to have left before the Taliban took over yet feels for the nationals and others he served with who are still there.  Uganda has opened it s doors to Afghan refugees who need a place to go or to transit through.  They have prepared for 2000 but as far as I know we have only received about 52 families.  At this time they are keeping them quarantined and are not allowing the public to interact with them.  We do pray that at some point they would hear the gospel and have a chance to really experience the Love of Christ from the many believers here in Uganda.

Uganda has been facing so many crises. The covid delta variant is prevalent, while we also have a polio outbreak in Kampala. We have a couple children from church hospitalized  with severe sickness.  We have not had a proper dry season in almost 3 years so the flooding occurring now that we are entering the heavy raining season is out of control.  Because of lockdown and other circumstances crime is rising and we heard of an American who doesn’t live too far from us being robbed violently at home.  One of our church members who works in the market, Blessing, was attacked and badly beaten.  We have had him admitted to the hospital to have his wounds treated properly. 

This has not been an easy month, even during this past month Luke ended up in hospital for a day with what turned out to be parasites.  Our whole family had to take the treatment.  We take comfort and find hope knowing that God is in control and is working things together for His purposes. We covet your prayers and are so thankful for you praying for our family and the people in Uganda.

In Him,

              Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Thank the Lord for the answered prayers and for those we know He will still answer. Help us to use our time wisely.
  • Pray for the Country of Uganda as they are suffering from multiple crises.
  • Pray for safety in Uganda as theft and criminal activity has increased since the lockdown.
  • Pray for the refugees arriving in Uganda from Afghanistan to find comfort and hope. Pray for those Christian in Afghanistan to remain strong.
  • Pray the children from Arise Christian Fellowship who are very ill. Pray for the young man who is also in hospital recovering from being beaten.
  • Pray for Brian as he prepares video messages for the church. Pray for Brian and Arise Christian Fellowship as they also try to meet urgent physical needs of the community.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Dear Friends and Family,

This past month has been reminiscent of last year when Uganda first went into lockdown because of Covid.  It is crazy to think so much time has past and yet we are still battling the same thing.  6 weeks in lockdown seemed like a very long time but last year we actually were in lockdown for 4 months before we had the freedom we have now following an easing of this past lockdown.  For the next 60 days we have what is called a partial lockdown.  People can drive again but only 3 people per vehicle, which makes it hard for families to go anywhere together, businesses can work at 20% but still only essential markets are allowed open.  Churches and any type of religious gathering are closed for these 60 more days.  Schools are closed until the government can acquire the Pfizer vaccine and vaccinate the 12—18 year olds.   Weddings and funerals can have 20 people present.  The government put out strict steps to follow as they ease the lock down but the picture here is a picture taken the day after the president spoke.  It was as if all of Kampala came out at once.

As a church we have been trying our best to minister to those who have been most affected by the lockdown and the inability to go to work.  Our church has many people who live day to day.  We have a few widows and very many children from the slums.  This lockdown, while there were many police checks and soldiers around, was not as strict as the last when it came to getting help to the needy and the movement that was needed to do so. We are very thankful to have had support to help provide these less fortunate ones with the basic necessities.  We were also blessed by our church members who were quick to help one another and to bring to our attention those who were the most in need.  It shows much spiritual growth to see them focusing not only on their own needs but also the needs of others.

Arise Christian Fellowship helps quite a few church plants and outreaches around Uganda.  We have a heart for God’s Word to go out to the whole of Uganda, Africa and the World.  During the time of the corona virus and lock down we have tried to reach out to those closest to us since movement was limited.  A lot of ministry has taken place over the phone or the internet.  Churches may be closed but ministry continues and we believe the church is growing.  For some of the pastors that Brian has discipled and the church is assisting, they took this time of lockdown to literally begin building their churches physically.  We have a pastor in western Uganda that we were able to help with materials for him and some of the church members to begin making bricks and burning them.  They have made great progress and we are hopeful that in the next 60 days of church closure they will have even began the building of the church.

Another event that people have made the most of during the lockdown is weddings.  In Uganda weddings are normally very expensive, extravagant events.  Couples often go into debt because their families and friends put so much pressure on them to have a huge gigantic wedding and reception..  With the president mandating that weddings can only have 20 people many people have actually chosen to get married during this time since it makes getting married easier and less expensive.  Arise Christian Fellowship has a missionary, Ivan, we sent to South Sudan a couple of years ago as a worship and youth leader.  Earlier this year he got engaged and brought his fiancé, Maggie, to Kampala to introduce her to the church.  They had planned to get married in June but then it was extended till lockdown was over.  The first weekend of the partial lockdown they were able to get married.  It was very interesting to be at a wedding in Uganda with such few people present.  Only 2 members of our worship team came to provide the music.  The couple only had a handful of family and friends each.  Brian had the privilege of walking the Bride down the aisle and giving her hand to Ivan. Even with the reduced numbers and celebration time because of curfew being at 7pm the couple were very happy and smiley.  We are so happy for them.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

                           In Him,

                           Brian, Jill, Luke , Laylee, and Liana

Prayer Requests

· Thank the Lord for the answered prayers and for those we know He will still answer. Help us to use our time wisely.

· Pray for the Country of Uganda as they are suffering from a severe second wave of covid. 

· Pray for safety in Uganda as theft and criminal activity has increased since the lockdown.

· Pray for the pastors and Christians who are trying to make the best use of this time to build their churches spiritually and physically.

· Pray for Ivan and Maggie as they begin life and ministry together as a married couple.

· Pray for Brian as he prepares video messages for the church. Pray for Brian and Arise Christian Fellowship as they also try to meet urgent physical needs of the community.

· Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

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